LCD and Viewfinder
Ricoh WG-30W has a Fixed Type 2.7″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7″, the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
WG-30W doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (Compare) or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Ricoh WG-30W can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
Unfortunately WG-30W doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Ricoh WG-30W features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Ricoh WG-30W also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Ricoh WG-30W, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30p fps and save in and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Ricoh WG-30W will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
WG-30W has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Ricoh WG-30W doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Olympus Stylus SH-1 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Ricoh WG-30W features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.
You can connect WG-30W to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Ricoh WG-30W is powered by D-LI92 battery which provides a shooting life of 300 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Waterproof Cameras
Olympus TG-4 with its 380shots is the model with longest battery life among Waterproof cameras. Check the comparison of Ricoh WG-30W vs Olympus TG-4 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Ricoh WG-30W Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Ricoh WG-30W is $279.95